Qualifying events will take place in four cities – Kolkata, Chandigarh, Delhi and Mumbai, followed by a Masters event in Delhi in April. As in 2014, the finalists will be invited to compete in the UK National Finals in August 2015.
Wimbledon.com is covering the activity in India over the next few weeks and reporting from the ground in Kolkata and Chandigarh.
Dates (including qualifying) are:
10-18 January, Kolkata – South Club
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- 15.01.2015: Road to Wimbledon India 2015- coach education
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- 11.01.2015: Road to Wimbledon India 2015- Welcome to Kolkata
17-24 January, Chandigarh – Chandigarh club
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- Clinics in Chandigarh
- Chandigarh Tennis Academy
- Rocking the Chandigarh Rock Garden
- Tim Henman and Dan Bloxham at the Chandigarh Club
31 January – 7 February – Delhi – DLTA
7-14 February, Mumbai – MSLTA
The top 16 boys and girls from these events are invited to the Road to Wimbledon Junior Masters in Delhi (April 6-11) with the two boys and girls finalists invited to compete in the UK HSBC National Finals on the grass at Wimbledon in August (10-15).
The Kolkata and Chandigarh tournaments will be supported by former Great Britain No.1 Tim Henman, the HSBC Road to Wimbledon ambassador and Dan Bloxham, Head Coach of the All England Club, Wimbledon who will run a series of coaching clinics for the juniors at the two tennis clubs. They will also lead an assembly for the children attending Shivalik School in Chandigarh and run a coaching clinic at the iconic Rock Garden of Chandigarh.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM RTW INDIA 2014
In January 2014, in partnership with the AITA and HSBC, the Wimbledon Foundation unveiled The Road to Wimbledon in India, an initiative to increase tennis opportunities for junior players with the establishment of two National 14 and Under events in Delhi and Mumbai in January 2014, culminating in a Junior Masters tournament in Delhi in April 2014. The finalists of the Masters were invited to the UK National Finals held at the All England Club, Wimbledon, in August 2014, with Siddhant Banthia from Pune (pictured far right), triumphing in both the boys’ singles and doubles.
In addition, the Wimbledon Foundation staged a series of educational tennis clinics given by Tim Henman and Dan Bloxham, Head Coach of the All England Club, held during the January events in Delhi and Mumbai.
Tournament Director Paul Hutchins wrote blogs from Delhi and Mumbai during the events. Click to read them below: